50 Years of the Indian Civil Rights Act

March 8 & 9, 2018
Isleta Resort & Casino
Albuquerque, New Mexico

This program has been approved by the New Mexico Minimum Continuing Legal Education Board for 7.0 General hours of credit.

50 Years of the Indian Civil Rights

Protection and Denial of the Civil Rights of Native Americans

As a small minority group in America, Native Americans have been left out of civil rights discussions in this country, both historically and in modern times.

Yet American Indians suffer discrimination and civil rights violations common to other people of color, including police brutality, housing and employment discrimination, and suppression of voting rights. In addition, their unique political status makes Indians vulnerable to being singled out for special kinds of governmental persecution and exploitation.

This symposium—50 years of the Indian Civil Rights Act—will bring much needed attention to the protection and denial of the civil rights of Native Americans in the fifty years since Congress passed the Indian Civil Rights Act in 1968. The format invites us to listen to and learn from Indian people's stories and perspectives on a wide range of civil rights and human rights issues. We will also hear from governmental leaders, Indian law scholars, and others about what we all can do to help protect Native people in the future.

Among the presenters are Professor Richard B. Collins of the University of Colorado at Boulder, Professor David E. Wilkins of the University of Minnesota, and the Honorable Commissioner Debo P. Adegbile of the United States Commission on Civil Rights.

Early registration is strongly recommended.

Who Should Attend

We need your voice, your vision, and your support! Please plan to attend this symposium and share your perspectives and ideas on this crucial issue of Indian people’s civil and human rights. Everyone is invited, and we especially look forward to participation by people who are:

  • Native American individuals who have experienced discrimination first-hand
  • Tribal leaders who are working to protect tribal members impacted by ICRA
  • Scholars who want to learn more about the Act’s continuing impact on Native individuals and communities
  • Federal and state officials whose work involves protection of Indian people’s civil rights
  • Activists committed to supporting Indian people’s struggle for social justice
  • Indian law students and lawyers who practice in the field of Indian law
  • Members of the general public who want to be become informed about the most pressing issues facing Native Americans in the 21st century